I'm the one who thought he had CS and then didn't - got this back problem with nerve impingement giving me leg pain, mainly in my calves. I wanted to say something reassuring about your situation.
I've run most every week of my adult life (not quite every, but lots more than not). I'm not running now, and am OK with it. A bit of swimming a bit of weights in the gym (very low weights, lots of reps, a bit like running), and this physio.
I love my running and look at this as a temporary hitch, something to get through before I come back an even better runner. It's an excuse to NOT spend my time running and get in the stretching and cross traiining that I never quite get around to when I'm clocking the miles. But I do miss the miles - although it's good to be in less pain all the time.
I don't deny it's tough - my physio has said that Marathons might be beyond me from now on (a major blow as I've set myself a specific marathon target). So, I'm thinking "I might be able to, he's not said definately not" and if not then I might change goals and start doing short distance triathlons.
From what I read about CS before I got my diagnosis, most people recover, and if you are young, then there's every chance. Keep your chin up, you'll work something out.
So I saw a specialist - it turns out that my chronic calf pain is not CCS - it's more likely actually related to back problems and a couple of issues with discs in the L area of my back. It's called radicular pain, which is similar to sciatica.
Upshot is that I've been prescribed a course of physio to strengthen my back muscles, so they can hopefully take some of the load off my spine and stop or reduce the nerve impingement.
So, hopefully there is some solution, although the physio has cautioned that I might not get back to a full training programme.
Thanks for the info Martin - I've used a baseball(!) for massage for a while, and worked on my running style so I'm more of a forefoot striker. It's helped a bit.
I think catching it early and gettign it investigted is the right thing - really glad it worked for you. Looking back I've had this for quite a while - but it's only become an issue as I've started to move up to marathons and take things a little more seriously.
Thanks! Glad to hear it's helped and you're managing stuff again.
I've got an appointment with a consultant for next week - with this chap in London. I'll keep posting as to how it's going and whether this is the issue - I could just be reading too many internet articles about it!